The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is located in Chicago, Illinois, USA in Jackson Park, in the Hyde Park neighborhood adjacent to Lake Michigan. It is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Initially endowed by Sears, Roebuck and Company president and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, it first opened in 1933 during the Century of Progress Exposition. It is also the largest science museum in the western hemisphere.
Among its diverse and expansive exhibits, the Museum features a working coal mine, a German submarine (U-505) captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) model railroad, the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train (Pioneer Zephyr), and a NASA spacecraft used on the Apollo 8 mission.
Based on 2009 attendance, the Museum of Science and Industry was the third largest cultural attraction in Chicago.
We took CTS Bus Number 10 from Michigan Ave down to the Museum. This was a very pleasant 30 minute ride.
|The wheels on the bus....|
|U-505 photo courtesy of Wiki|
All but one U-505 crewman was rescued by the Navy task group. The submarine was towed to Bermuda in secret, and her crew was interned at a US prisoner of war camp where they were denied access to International Red Cross visits. The Navy classified the operation as top secret and managed to prevent its discovery by the Germans.
After spending nearly a decade at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, U-505 was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois. As of 2010 U-505 is a museum ship, kept indoors in a climate controlled environment to prevent corrosion.
|View of the sub from a high viewing perch|
|Another exterior view|
|Stores brought on board for a 90 day cruise for 60 men|
|Simulation of the kitchen. Three burners to cook for 60 men round the clock|
|A huge lightening display on the ceiling - totally cool|
|Van de Graff generator|
Part 7 here